Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
"It's a great country, where anybody can grow up to be president... except me.
Commentary By Marc Platt
When the votes were counted, it was shown that the Barry Goldwater "Experiment" failed miserably in 1964. It did lay the seeds for Ronald Reagan to come charging to the front of the "Modern Conservatism" that enveloped the 1980s.
The GOP of 2015/16 has embraced an alternate universe in which Reagan never raised taxes (he did so several times), never raised the debt ceiling (18 times) and "LOVED GUNS" (tried to get assault weapons off the streets). These memory-deficient GOPers will do and say anything to a small group of primary voters, hoping and praying that the rest of the country isn't paying attention.
They are right, hardly anyone is paying attention except the media. This same media keeps files on every statement made by everyone who could possible matter. When there is audio, it is saved. When there is video, it lives forever somewhere only to return for a slew of attack ads during a campaign.
Video is forever.
When Carly Fiorina says she saw a video (that doesn't exist) of a dying fetus and refuses to admit she lied about seeing that video...It will come back to haunt her at some point, just like her terrible record as CEO at Hewlett-Packard a decade ago.
When Jeb Bush makes racially-coded remarks about "FREE STUFF," the Democrats and his opponents will use those remarks against him at some point, right?
There is nothing like a presidential cycle to bring out the worst in everyone.
Running for president is like peeling off layer after layer of the perceived truths that someone has at their disposal. We learn more about the warts and smelly side of these people, because the press and mainstream media dig and dig. So do their opponents.
If you have a skeleton in your closet, good luck to you forevermore.
America does not elect EXTREME candidates to be their commander-in-Chief. The democrats, most moderate republicans and independent voters want someone with some semblence of common sense to have their backs.
Carly, The Donald, Dr. Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and even Jeb Bush have views that do not coincide with the TRUE MOOD of the country. Marco Rubio is not extreme, but he is a little green. I admit President Obama came to office as a very unheralded U.S. Senator. The country really was taking a chance, but it has worked out.
The one thing he has proven is a willingness (from the start) to govern.
In my opinion, the ONLY qualified U.S. Presidential candidates would be Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich and maybe Marco Rubio. If Biden jumps in, he will get support, but will get worn down by the process.
We are not ready for a president with extreme views. Go back and look at history.
Yes I agree that the Democratic south thought Abe Lincoln was an extremist. Ask yourself...Who was on the right side of history on that one?
Commentary by Marc Platt
With Scott Walker bowing out before one vote is even cast is a telling commentary on where the 2016 election is heading. Walker was the golden boy of the conservative governors running and a Koch Brothers favorite. He is OUT.
Rick Perry was arguably the most successful conservative alongest-running Texas governor of all time. He wasn't able to recover from his horrible 2012 showing. Oops. He is OUT.
Dr. Ben Carson is the latest target of the mainstream media for his oftimes outlandish views on health care, religion and Obama. He is on the way OUT soon.
Carly Fiorina is on the rise with her pointed and exceptional showing at both debates. Fiorina gets a ton of style points, BUT she said some misguided and misleading things about Planned Parenthood and the media is starting to snoop around regarding her record at Hewlett-Packard. Trump will spend the necessary time and money to knock her OUT. Watch her have a few good weeks, maybe a month. I say she will make it to Iowa.
Ted Cruz is praying that Trump knocks a bunch of these GOP wanna-bes out before The Donald flames out leaving Teddy to pick up the conservative pieces. Ted Cruz will NOT be the nominee, but he will make a lot of noise in teh process.
Jindal, Pataki, Santorum, Huckabee and Graham have a tough road to hoe.
Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and John Kasich are the three candidates to watch. They are the closest thing to middle-of-the-road candidates the GOP has to offer. They were both involved with Lehman Brothers and that economic distaster that no one is talking about quite yet. Jeb Bush is NOT invigorating anyone as a candidate. He is not good on stage. He lacks his brother's downhome charm. Rubio is young and good looking for a candidate. He may be able to get the money to move forward.
John Kasich just needs to lay low, keep focusing on New Hampshire and not get in Trump's bulls eye and he could be the one.
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" (Network, 1976)
Commentary by Marc Platt
It has started. We all knew this day would come. The beginning of the end.
Do you remember the brilliant 1970's movie "Network" and the late-great Peter Finch's Howard Beale character? They KILLED that character off on national TV to get better ratings. In New Hampshire Trump's own supporters did the job.
It happened on Thursday night (9/17) in New Hampshire. "The Muslim Moment" happened when a town hall goer asked Trump about "The Muslim Issue" and the insane and debunked "Obama Birther" notion. Trump did not stop this guy from spewing his garbage and it exposed the MAJOR problem with his entire candidacy...His actual supporters are white trash.
I am not demeaning YOU if you support his message of "being an outsider" and you may identify with Trump on certain levels, but you will leave him shortly because you don't want to be identified as a rascist, bigoted moron who believes our twice-elected U.S. President was not born in America. You will be reminded that Mr. Trump spent a great deal of time a few years back spearheading the "Birther" movement.
Trump's supporters hating Muslims and wanting to shut down "Muslim Training Camps" in America is ridiculous. Promoting fear and hatred and ginning up a base that was dormant for political gain will run its course and completely damage what was left of the Republican brand.
Okay...The political media, pundits, advertisers, network chiefs and the written press are responsible for the rise and certain fall of the Trump candidacy. These are the people who need to make money during the "Silly Season."
I admit that I am truly addicted to the cable news networks. I watch all of them at certain times during the day and night when I am working at home.
"No bucks...No Buck
(The Right Stuff, 1984)
Donald Trump was a gift to the networks. He made the early election season amusing and he will be missed by the advertisers. Trump brought MILLIONS of viewers to the FOX and CNN debates who never would have tuned in. Trump also exposed the fragility of the other 16 candidates that will only hurt their chances next year when the real voting starts.
Pundits need to have content on their programs and they could devote 40% of their alloted time to Trump throughout the summer. They all made big bucks with the never-ending Trump coverage. The cable networks devote entire blocks of time giving Trump coverage when he has a rally, or a town hall. It is a train wreck that they hope will derail in real time.
When all is said and done, this guy in New Hampshire who spewed his "Hatred of Muslims" did Donald J. Trump and the country a favor. This man put Trump's supporters front and center and let the world know how scary a Trump presidency could really be.
By Marc Platt
I made up a new word, but you know exactly what it means: "Relig-idiot."
Why do politicians and many "public servants" find it necessary to persecute non-believers while compaining that THEY are the ones being persecuted?
Why do men and women give money to these zealots?
If you keep encouraging them, they will keep taking advantage of your "faith."
Ted Cruz has done little, if anything in the way of policy as a U.S. Senator. He has raised holy hell in the GOP to the extent that he is hated by most of his own caucus. He was responsible for the $24 billion 2013 government shutdown. That shutdown was due to the GOP's hatred of affordable health care for millions of U.S. citizens.
Let me repeat that. The Republicans shut the government down because President Obama wanted to make sure people with pre-existing conditions could be insured, etc...
Now Senator Cruz wants another government shutdown because he and his co-horts are against women's health care. Yes, my friends...Planned Parenthood is evil, according to the Republicans. Never mind the fact that only 3% of Planned Parenthood deals with abortions and not ONE CENT of taxpayer's money goes to abortions.
Mike Huckabee, Louie Gohmert, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Carly Fiorina are among many who support shutting the government down to defund Planned Parenthood.
This brings me to Marriage Equality and the use of the term "Religious Persection." It appears that the Republican Party thinks Christians are being persucuted and they are raising money off of that fact.
This Kim Davis Affair in Kentucky has become their cause celebre.
A "Relig-idiot" is anyone who persecutes "Non-Believers" while insisting THEY are the ones being persecuted.
I really don't even need to go through all the gruesome details about how this woman and these politicians are acting like "Relig-idiots" because you already know the answer, right?